Rachel Zellars, PhD candidate in our Department of Integrated Studies in Education (DISE), has written an opinion piece for the Montreal Gazette entitled "Canada's Long History of Racism". The article was published on Wednesday, August 18, 2015.
"As a PhD student and black American living and raising my children in Quebec," writes Zellars in part, "I have found myself over the last four years most interested in research involving the history of Quebec and Canada... I have come to think of my own research involving the history of anti-black public schooling practices throughout Canada in the first half of the 19th century as an archetype for understanding race and racism within this country."
Rachel Zellars has also been in headlines recently for her role leading a petition to the Quebec toponymy commission that asks to have 11 locations in the province renamed. National Post's Katherine Wilton reported on the petition in an article published Thursday, August 13: "Change names of Quebec places with N-word in them, petition asks Quebec commission".
Rachel Zellars is an attorney and PhD candidate in our Department of Integrated Studies in Education. Her work focuses on critical race theory and institutional racism in education. She is also an educator and founder of The Green School Montreal.